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Training Tips

Training Tips
March 19, 2013

Training Tip: Teach your horse vertical flexion at the canter on a circle

  I’ve found that introducing vertical flexion at the canter to a horse on a circle makes it easier for him to catch on to the lesson rather than cantering in straight lines because it automatically puts some lateral bend in his body. Anytime you add speed to a horse’s feet, his resistance to pressure […]

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Training Tips
March 12, 2013

Training Tip: Practice approaching your horse quickly

  Horses are naturally frightened of being approached quickly because they’re prey animals. When you run up to your horse or approach him in a quick manner, you’re acting very much like a predator. I teach all of my horses the Intermediate exercise Run Up and Rub, so I can run up to the horse […]

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Training Tips
March 5, 2013

Training Tip: Whoever moves first, loses

  Horses establish dominance by being able to move each other’s feet. The most dominant horse in a herd can make all the other horses move their feet forwards, backwards, left and right. Horses use that same principle when they are around us. Anytime you can move your horse’s feet forwards, backwards, left and right, […]

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Training Tips
February 26, 2013

Training Tip: Gain control of your horse’s front end with Yield the Forequarters

  Control of your horse’s forequarters equals control of his direction of movement. Think of your horse’s head and neck like his steering wheel. The better control you can get of his steering wheel, the more responsive he’ll be and the more respect he’ll have for you.

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Training Tips
February 19, 2013

Training Tip: Strive for perfection

  As you progress your horse through the Method, start to expect more out of him. In other words, don’t fall into the trap of just accepting whatever he gives you and never challenging him. When you’re first teaching a horse a lesson, it’s what I like to call the concept lesson – you’re giving […]

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Training Tips
February 12, 2013

Training Tip: Avoid these common pitfalls of a Barbarian: Part 2

  Avoid these mistakes to keep from acting like a Barbarian when training your horse. Barbarians lack a sense of feel and timing and try to force their horses to respond, which often results in the horses being fearful and reactive. No FeelFeel – knowing how much pressure to apply, takes time and experience to […]

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Training Tips
February 5, 2013

Training Tip: Avoid these common pitfalls of a Barbarian: Part 1

  Avoid these mistakes to keep from acting like a Barbarian when training your horse. Barbarians lack a sense of feel and timing and try to force their horses to respond, which often results in the horses being fearful and reactive. Lack of KnowledgeFrustration begins where knowledge ends. The more knowledgeable you are, the more […]

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Training Tips
January 29, 2013

Training Tip: Help your horse stay stumble-free

  If your horse is stumbling during your rides, keep these points in mind to make sure you’re not accidentally causing the problem. (Of course, if your horse is stumbling, first rule out that it isn’t being caused by a physical or health related problem by consulting with your veterinarian.) Stay balanced in the saddle. […]

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Training Tips
January 22, 2013

Training Tip: Rescued horses don’t need to be treated any differently

  Don’t treat a rescued horse any differently than a regular horse. Making excuses and special allowances for an abused horse’s bad behavior will only limit him, while treating him the same as any other horse will actually accelerate his progress. All horses are looking for a leader that will keep them safe, but while […]

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Training Tips
January 15, 2013

Training Tip of the Week: Every horse is capable of being a willing, safe and respectful partner

  All horses can learn to be respectful – no matter how young or old they are or their background. Horses are big, powerful animals and unless you teach them to respect your space, you’ll find yourself in dangerous situations. If you’ve recently acquired a horse that’s pushy, lazy, overreactive or came with some sort […]

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